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God Loves Homosexuals

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The Bible makes it clear what God thinks of homosexuality as a life style – God despises all sins, including homosexuality. Yet the Bible also makes it abundantly clear what God thinks of sinners. Though God despises sin, He loves sinners… as His children. Though God despises homosexuality as a life style, God loves homosexuals… as His children.

Look, I’m a sinner. I happen not to be homosexual, but I have plenty of other sins that I seem to daily re-visit. These sins are just part of who I am as a person. But my sinful personal nature does not affect God’s love for me. Even in the midst of my sinning, God loves me just as I am.

Are you homosexual? God loves you just as you are. The pain comes from too many of us focusing all our attention on the sin, and forgetting about the love. Let’s all hold onto God’s love, a love that heals all pain.

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Author: C.J. Penn

Reflections on a double life... I'm just a wanna-be writer. What's it like trying to do serious writing while also being consumed with a full-time engineering job? Between the two, I sometimes don't get much sleep. But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some work on my book before heading off to work. I'm also passionate about the truth of God and Jesus, a truth that is not always visible in the outward view of the Christian religion. It's this passion that has pulled me out of bed to write for over 6 years now, still working on the same book, a book about truth. Will it ever be finished? God knows.

3 thoughts on “God Loves Homosexuals

  1. CJ,

    May I kindly and humbly offer some clarification on your thoughts?

    First, all people were created by God and it is true that God’s love for the world (all of humanity) was a motivation for sending Christ. However, the bible is clear that not all people are God’s children. In fact, the unsaved are never referred to in scripture as God’s children.

    John 1:11-13 ESV – He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the *right to become children of God*, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

    Romans 8:16-17 ESV – The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that *we are children of God*, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

    1 John 3:1-2 ESV – See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be *called children of God*; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, *we are God’s children now*, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

    1 John 3:9-10 ESV – No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. *By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil*: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

    We *become* children of God when we are adopted into His family through faith in Christ, a gift given to us by God. There are many other scriptures I could put, but I am already making this a long comment lol.

    On the homosexuality issue… yes, God loves people who are sinning by practicing homosexuality because He loves people that He created. I think it’s an important distinction to make to call out homosexuality as a practice, not a condition (as though a person was created that way). To this end, 1 Cor. 6:9-11 refers to the “practice” of homosexuality). In that way, I think we’re approaching the sin of homosexuality in a biblically correct way, just as the sin of sexual immorality, drunkenness, theft, etc.

    In that way also we can see that if a person with homosexual temptations engaged in the practice of homosexual sin does become a believer by God’s grace, he will not instantly stop having that temptation, but he *should* (if he really is regenerated) stop the practice (though it will undoubtedly take ongoing prayer and separation from that lifestyle and its community, just as other types of sin do).

    Though I understand you are coming from a loving intention, the danger in telling a homosexual (or any sinner for that matter), “God loves you just as you are” is that it is only half the story. Because though God is love, He is also wrath and judgment, both in perfect and holy ways. So, practicing homosexual, God loves you, BUT He will not tolerate your ongoing practice of that sin….seems more biblical, truthful, *and* loving to me.

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  2. I agree with the sentiment. To further explain my personal viewpoint.

    I think the idea of being a child of God was best represented by Jesus in the parable of the prodigal son. The son was convinced that he was not a child of the father because of his way-fullness. However, the father never quit considering him a son. How unfortunate that the elder son quit considering him a brother though.

    We’re called to love, regardless if we agree with a person or not. Homosexuality is an easy target for the Christian world as the likelihood of a gay person within a congregation is far less. The issue can be focused on as a flagship sin to crusade against so we seem more righteous. Jesus never spoke about the issue, though he had some definitive things to say about lust in general. “Ever lusted and still have two eyes? Then you’re in danger” (Paraphrasing Jesus in Matt 5 here). Paul spoke against homosexuality in 1 Cor 6, but he also spoke against women cutting their hair later in the same letter in 1 Cor 11, and again that women shouldn’t speak in the congregations in 1 Cor 14. To take such things dogmatically at face value can be damaging to say the least.

    Whether I believe homosexuality is right or wrong isn’t relevant. I see people struggling, begging God to remove this from them. Some seem to live under a constant management of it, treating it like a lifelong illness that never goes away. Others have given in and embraced it as who they are. Yet others have killed themselves because no matter how hard they prayed, they didn’t seem to make the cut to be liberated from it, and we Christians were less than grace-filled in our “pray harder” and “read the Bible” approaches. We tie up a heavy load of guilt and shame on people but we don’t enter into their pain and help them carry their burden (Luke 11:46). Perhaps this is why Jesus calls us to love and not judge. His approach was to free a person from guilt, shame, and punishment first, and then they were able to “go and sin no more.”

    I haven’t had to deal with homosexual desires, but I trust that those who do know themselves better than I do and have had to constantly consider all angles of their life in light of it. I trust God knows their heart. I trust that he calls me to love and not judge though it is oh so hard. I trust love wins in the end and that God is love. Outside of that, I don’t have the viewpoint God does to know or say what is or isn’t right or wrong. I can only stop doing the things he tells me as he provides me the ability to and love those he places in my life as he shows me how.

    Okay, that was the short version. Let me stop before I create too big of a wall of text.

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